- a Central and South American monkey, Cebus capucinus, having a prehensile tail and hair on the head resembling a cowl.
- any monkey of the genus Cebus.
- a hooded cloak for women.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Friar Minor Capuchin. Roman Catholic Church. a friar belonging to the branch of the Franciscan order that observes vows of poverty and austerity.Compare Friar Minor, Friar Minor Conventual.
Origin of capuchin
Examples from the Web for capuchin
For centuries, Capuchin monks followed simple embalming practices.Palermo Has an Underground City Filled With Its Mummified Dead
May 1, 2014
The Italians also have a soft spot for Capuchin Franciscans, who have long been known for their work with the poor.The Case for Cardinal Sean O’Malley
March 12, 2013
But that kid from Podunk, now unloading freight at the big-box store, is a universe away from Oxford and a Capuchin friar buddy.
Much later a friend who was a Capuchin friar held for Marlantes an effective healing Mass for the Dead at Old Mission Santa Inez.
The Pope's head sank on his breast; the Capuchin looked steadfastly at Roma.
When the Pope walked in his garden that afternoon as usual, the old Capuchin was with him.
Once or twice the Capuchin said, "And how did you find my young penitent this morning?"
The Capuchin took snuff and answered, "Your Holiness is always so good as to say so."
The Capuchin pushed his handkerchief into his sleeve and dropped back into his seat.
- any agile intelligent New World monkey of the genus Cebus, inhabiting forests in South America, typically having a cowl of thick hair on the top of the head
- a woman's hooded cloak
- (sometimes capital) a rare variety of domestic fancy pigeon
- a friar belonging to a strict and autonomous branch of the Franciscan order founded in 1525
- (as modifier)a Capuchin friar
Word Origin and History for capuchin
1520s, from Middle French capuchin (16c., Modern French capucin), from Italian capuccino, diminutive of capuccio "hood," augmentative of cappa (see cap (n.)). Friar of the Order of St. Francis, under the rule of 1528, so called from the pointed hoods on their cloaks. As a type of monkey, 1785, from the shape of the hair on its head, thought to resemble a cowl.